In his last address to the public before the clash with Armenia, Zlatko Dalić revealed that the Croatian team will be focusing solely on their own performance. However, someone on the bench will not be following the situation in Wales and will inform the players if the Turks lead. This is because a win for Turkey would mean that Croatia would still qualify for the Euros even if they lost.
The reason for any changes in composition after a 2-0 victory in Riga was not due to injury or card but rather due to tactics. The coach emphasized that any change would be solely due to tactics and not because of poor performance in Latvia.
One such change could be the return of Joško Guardiola to his position as stopper, which would mean Erlić moving to the bench and Sosa returning to the first team. Juranović and Sučić will also be part of the squad but may start on the bench as they have just recovered from injury. There is no rain forecasted for Maksimir on Tuesday, and more than 20,000 fans are expected to attend, with support coming from various stands including a “dice” stand from the south.
Ivica Ivušić missed out on training due to a personal situation but will still be part of the squad for this important match. It’s worth noting that Armenia is currently one of only two national teams in recent history that no journalists have come to Croatia to follow a competitive match, highlighting how much enthusiasm there is among fans for this game.